Chris Simpson's introduction to runners and riders in the Velka Pardubicka

Every year, Christopher Simpson posts his pre-race analysis of the Velka Pardubicka on his website


Although Chris has not been to Pardubice for far too long, he is able to follow Czech racing via the website of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic and via YouTube. 

He tells me that someone has now posted complete Czech Television coverage of Velka Pardubickas since 2002, but he did not give me a link.

October 2020 newsletter

In the second half of September, the COVID-19 data for the Czech Republic were heading in the wrong direction. The numbers of people being tested and testing positive were rising, though the numbers in hospital and the numbers dying with the virus remained fairly low (but, admittedly, rising).

The Velka Pardubicka will take place behind closed doors

In connection with the coronavirus situation in the Czech Republic, stricter measures will come into force in the Czech Republic on October 5th that affect the organization of the Velka Pardubicka raceday on October 11th. The new regulations seemed to state that not more than 130 persons can meet for an outdoor event.

Bartoš will miss the Velka, Kratochvíl hopes to be able to ride

Josef Bartoš, who hurt his knee while performing a Dettori dismount after winning the Gran Premio di Merano a week ago on L’Estran, has had a knee cartilage operation and will not be able to ride Theophilos in the Velka Pardubicka. At the same meeting at Merano, Jan Kratochvíl hurt a knee in a fall, when his mount rolled over onto his leg. Jan hopes to be able to ride at Pardubice on October 11th.

Eighteen horses entered for the Velka Pardubicka


The entries are in for the Velka Pardubicka and the other nine races at Pardubice on Sunday, October 11th. As the race conditions for the Velka Pardubicka were changed, the entries that had been made in May have been cancelled. All the foreign-trained horses that were entered in May have not been re-entered, with the exception of Slovak-trained outsider Vandual.